Srinagar, Oct 9: The J&K State Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), in its two-day session, Tuesday, pleaded for providing a fresh momentum to the stalled peace process, amidst growing public apprehensions and misgivings in the state and the region.
Presiding over the session, the J&K State Secretary, Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami, expressed shock and sorrow over the fact that despite much acclaim, the inter-action between the two parts of Kashmir continued to be confined to a miniscule section of the people, not to speak of widening the trade links, the facilitation of the easy travel, the exchange of goods and ideas.
The Committee demanded sizable reduction of the central forces, deployed internally in the state and revocation of special powers to them, in view of a visible and universally accepted improvement in the security situation.
In this context the Committee recalled its known position on the constitution of certain committees by the centre, sometime back, when the party had branded this step as a mere rigmarole and eyewash, which stood confirmed now by the facts.
The Committee made a fervent plea to the Govt. of India to pronounce general amnesty to all those lodged in several prisons in and outside the state, as a worthwhile response to the growing urge of the people for peace and reconciliation.
The Committee expressed its anguish over the unending bickering between the coalition partners in the state, more so the manner in which those enjoying the positions of power and the cabinet seats behaved as the bitterest critics of the same Govt. of which they share, only adding to the woes and sufferings of the common people.